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  • 2 Mar 2020 6:03 PM | Anonymous

    LEAP 2020 – Call For Abstracts

    Lightning Presentations – Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) Conference 2020

    Conference Theme – Staying in Step: Evidence to practice change.

    The Scientific Committee invites submissions of abstracts of original research in the area of the high risk foot.  We are seeking presentations on areas that have a strong clinical application, and impact on clinical practice in the assessment, diagnosis and management of the high risk foot that can support clinicians to provide best practice care, and to empower and support their clients. Lightning talks are concise oral presentations of 3 minutes duration, requiring the speaker to focus on the key points of their research.

    Abstracts are due no later than 5.00pm AEST, Friday 17th April 2020

    Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 1st June 2020

    Selection of abstracts for the Scientific Program will be made by the conference committee

    Abstract Submission Guidelines:

    Authors and affiliations: Authors (Arial, size 12 font. Surname, Initial. Presenting author to be in bold and italics. Affiliations number in superscript. Centred) eg Smith, B1, Doe, J2; Affiliations: (Arial, size 12, Italics font. Organisation, City, Country) eg 1 Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia

    Title (max 50 words): The title should be as brief as possible while still conveying the topic and nature of the research

    Abstract body (max 250 words)

    To include the headings: Background and aims; Methods; Results and Conclusions

    Before writing your abstract: Consider the following:

    • How to introduce your work (what is the background/rationale for the research?)
    • What data to include in order to answer the research question
    • How the data is best presented
    • What conclusions you can draw from the results and who they apply to
    • How you can link your research outcomes and conclusions to clinical practice

    All presenters must be registered to attend the conference. Abstract acceptance will be subject to registration for the conference.  Please remember that submitting an abstract does NOT automatically register as a conference delegate.  Conference registration can be completed online at a later date.

    Please email your submission app-hrf@ozemail.com.au no later than 5:00pm AEST, Friday 17th April 2020.

  • 27 Feb 2020 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    The APP-HRFG committee has submitted the following recommendations to the MBS Review Taskforce to be considered for plans to modify the MBS in relation to high risk foot services:

    5.1.1 Recommendation 1

    • We question the rationale of the age requirement of patients at risk of developing a chronic wound being over 75 years; we recommend that the committee consider no age restrictions in patients with comorbidities or any known diabetes complication. As cited in the rationale/reference to recommendation 1 (page 32) people 65 years and older account for 85% of non-healing wounds in the USA. An age restriction on access to a chronic wound review may delay referral to an appropriate service and expert care.

     5.1.3 Recommendation 2:

    Referral to a specialist may be necessary if the following is occurring:

    • We suggest an amendment in replacing the current ABPI cut-off of 0.5 and changing the language to be in line with the evidence presented in the International Working Group of the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) guidelines 2019.
    • The review must include toe pressures or TcPO2 readings as indicators of peripheral artery disease – instead of ABPI – in line with IWGDF guidelines, as ABPIs are known to be inaccurate (falsely elevated) in people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease due to Monckberg’s calcification. This reflects the best current evidence available.

     5.1.9 Recommendation 5:

    • Allied health services (podiatry in particular) should have specified item numbers for neuro/vascular assessment, wound debridement and specific offloading interventions and not just an increase in number of visits. Funding appropriate assessment will improve treatment planning and longer-term care. An increase in number of services without demonstrated requirements of evidence-based assessments and interventions may be subject to misuse.
    • Appropriate evidence of documentation and additional communication with the patient’s treating team is required, consistent with current requirements for correspondence under TCAs.

     5.1.11 Recommendation 6:

    • We suggest incorporating existing referral guidelines including those from the Foot Forward project for consistency and to assist GPs in decision-making for timely onward referrals. The IWGDF and the Foot Forward project have compiled the evidence base for interventions that aid the management of the diabetic foot; and Diabetic Foot Australia have published local guidelines for offloading diabetic foot wounds which are known cornerstones in diabetic foot wound management. There is sufficient evidence for cost effectiveness of offloading to be standard care as part of chronic wound management on the foot.

     6. Education, credentialing and accreditation

    • We suggest that it should be mandatory for allied health practitioners working in private practice to be able to claim specific item numbers – should additional requirements for credentialing or evidence of experience or expertise in advanced wound care be required, it is imperative that this is done through AHPRA and not membership-based organisations.

     6.1.9 Recommendation 20:

    • Allied health and nurse practitioner services should also meet similar requirements to access subsidised wound consumables. Failure to do so will place further burden on patients who will be required to travel from their podiatrist to their GP for a dressing change following a podiatric debridement of a diabetic foot ulceration.

     6.1.13 Recommendation 22:

    • AHPRA is the only appropriate organisation to manage and monitor accreditation. If this requirement is to be taken on by another body, there would be duplication, and a further level of bureaucracy. There would be a delay in establishing the credentialing process and which organisations could undertake such credentialing. Wound/Ulcer management is a core podiatry competency.

     7.2.1 Recommendation 24: Development of a wound consumables scheme:

    • As highlighted in our response to Recommendation 6, there is strong evidence for the cost effectiveness of offloading modalities in the healing and prevention of chronic foot wounds. Funding streams are currently inadequate, resulting in poor outcomes for people at risk of or living with these wounds. For example, in Victoria an approved State-Wide Equipment Program (SWEP) application can take 6 months before funding is available, and the Tasmanian Southern Footwear Scheme has similar wait times. The NDIS is only available to patients under 65 so a significant proportion of individuals with chronic foot wounds have inadequate access to footwear or offloading modalities.
    • As such, we suggest the inclusion of medical grade footwear and offloading modalities such as a CAM Walker or Total Contact Cast as part of the scheme.

    We also ask that members of the taskforce consider the following recommendations:

    • Include podiatrists, in addition to general practitioners and nurses, as professionals trained and credentialed to access MBS wound care item numbers. Assessment, prevention and management of chronic foot wounds are part of podiatry core competencies and podiatrists are acknowledged to play a crucial role in this field. Podiatrists should also be subject to education and training requirements to ensure those who claim in primary care are equipped to do so safely.
    • The mandated referral to a ‘specialist wound care practitioner’ should refer specifically to local High Risk Foot Services for treatment of chronic foot wounds. The national, federally funded Foot Forward project is currently defining a national referral pathway to minimise delays in referring individuals with diabetic foot wounds to tertiary, multidisciplinary services where highest levels of evidence-based care are provided.

    Links/References

    ANZPAC Podiatry competencies: http://www.anzpac.org.au/files/Podiatry%20Competency%20Standards%20for%20Australia%20and%20New%20Zealand%20V1.1%20211212%20(Final).pdf

    International Guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetic foot disease (2019): https://iwgdfguidelines.org/

    Foot Forward project (National Association of Diabetes Centres): https://nadc.net.au/foot-forward/

  • 11 Dec 2019 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    The MBS review into wound management has been released - please see the following link from the wound management working group: 

    MBS Review

    As there are a number of areas of concern regarding HRF, the APP-HRF committee will be providing a submission to the taskforce. We welcome all members to send us your feedback by COB 10th January 2020.

  • 25 Sep 2019 6:22 PM | Stephen Tucker (Administrator)

    Following the 2019 AGM on 22nd September the following people have been elected to the APP-HRFG Committee

    • Pamela Chen (Tas) President
    • Justin Bradley (Vic) Vice President
    • Stephen Tucker (Vic) Treasurer
    • Tracy Tibballs (Vic) Secretary
    • Cara Westphal (WA)
    • Clare McGloin (NSW)
    • Georgina Frank (NSW)
    • Julie Nguyen (Qld)
    • Virginia Black (Regional WA)


  • 12 Jun 2018 7:41 AM | Justin Bradley
    Remember wound aware week from 15th to the 21st June. 


    Get your wound aware promotion packs from http://www.woundaware.com.au/

  • 24 Apr 2018 8:17 PM | Anonymous

    PoDFEd is a cross-sectional survey aiming to gather data via a 15 minute survey on the content and method of diabetes related education provided by podiatrists (Monash University ethics approval 12777) 

    To complete the survey, please go to: 

    https://monashmnhs.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eEbjdCkXdPhGFEN

    Principal investigators of this project are: 

    Julia Yuncken mailto:julia.yuncken@monash.edu

    Rene Stowlyn mailto:Rene.stowlyk@monash.edu

    Terry Haines mailto:Terrence.haines@monash.edu

    Cylie Williams mailto:cylie.wiliams@monash.edu

  • 10 Apr 2018 8:48 AM | Stephen Tucker (Administrator)

    Sucrose octasulfate dressing versus control dressing in patients with neuroischaemic diabetic foot ulcers (Explorer): an international, multicentre, double-blind, randomised, controlled trial  

    Implications of all the available evidence

    Sucrose octasulfate dressings could be used in current local treatment and management of neuroischaemic diabetic foot ulcers. In the context of multidisciplinary and complex management of this condition, efficient and safe treatments that are also easy to implement by all health-care professionals are needed. Sucrose octasulfate dressings could be considered as a new standard of care.

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